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Thunder win rematch with Rockets 104-87


Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kenrich Williams, left, shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Ben McLemore (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kenrich Williams scored 19 points Wednesday night, and the Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back from a 30-point loss to Houston two days earlier and beat the Rockets 104-87.

Darius Bazley had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, Al Horford scored 17 points and Hamidou Diallo added 16 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City had allowed 147 and 136 points in its previous two games — both losses. On Wednesday, the Thunder allowed a season-low point total.

Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said his team had the right approach heading into the rematch.

“I give our guys credit not getting too emotional after that last game,” he said. “No one likes losing by 30 and giving up 130. But I don’t think we got too low after that one, just like we won’t get too high after this one. But they really came in with a clean slate and wanted to learn.”

The Rockets scored a season high for points on Monday and a season low on Wednesday. Houston made a franchise record 28 3-pointers on 52 attempts on Monday, but connected on just 12 of 46 in the rematch.

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